First meeting for the Disability Reference Group
The Museum of Australian Democracy has formed an exciting new relationship with a group of specialists in the field of disability services. Following our celebration of the International Day of People with Disabilities on Saturday 3 December, we held our inaugural meeting of the Disability Reference Group (DRG) on Wednesday 7 December.
The DRG has been created as a part of our commitment to ongoing consultation with external stakeholders who have specialist knowledge in the field of disabilities. The role of the DRG will be to provide guidance and advice on current thinking, ideas, approaches and technologies that improve access for people with disabilities.
The museum has made every effort to ensure a broad range of people with disabilities and service providers are represented on the reference group including sensory, physical, intellectual and mental health disabilities. We are delighted to have representatives from National Disability Services, the Mental Health Foundation ACT, the National Council on Intellectual Disabilities, Vision Australia, NICAN and the Deafness Forum.
After being welcomed to the museum by our director, Jenny Anderson, the first meeting started with an orientation to the museum followed by a consultation with curator Corinne Perkin on accessibility issues within exhibitions. Our Online Content Coordinator Rebecca Moloney then discussed the accessibility of the MoAD website and set homework!
The first meeting was a great success and we look forward to working with the members of the DRG to improve the accessibility of our museum for people with disabilities.